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Nigeria's Presidential Election Hopeful Sign for Nigerian Democracy

Freedom House issued the following statement in response to the election of Muhammadu Buhari as president of Nigeria — the first presidential candidate to defeat an incumbent.

Washington

In response to the election of Muhammadu Buhari as president of Nigeria — the first presidential candidate to defeat an incumbent -- Freedom House issued the following statement:

“Today is a momentous day in Nigeria’s history” said Jenai Cox, program manager for Africa. “Despite disturbing reports of electoral violence and a few indications of technical glitches, this election appears to be one of the smoothest and least violent in Nigeria’s history, something for which the people should be congratulated. Nigerians have used the ballot box to express their democratic will. It is our hope  that the democratic transition occurs peacefully and with respect for human rights of all.”

Nigeria is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2015, Partly Free in Freedom of the Press 2014, and Partly Free in Freedom on the Net 2014.